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Guide to Grant Stereoscopic Slides of China, 1908-1915

Collection number: VC 29

Size: 3 boxes (1.00 cu.ft.)

About William A. Grant

William A. Grant was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1868. He studied art at Cooper Union and learned engraving under the tutelage of Lewis Delnoce, one of the outstanding engravers of the day. Grant then became head of the engraving room at the American Bank Note Company. In 1908 he was invited to Beijing, China, in order to found the Chinese Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Until his retirement in 1928, Grant served as technical advisor to the Bureau, and designed and engraved many stamps for the Chinese government; he also trained several hundred Chinese in the art of steel engraving and printing. After his retirement, he moved to Contoocook, New Hampshire, where he died in 1954.

About the Grant Stereoscopic Slides of China

The collection consists primarily of stereoscopic slides taken by Grant in and around Beijing, China, during the period 1908 to 1928. The slides, several of which were used by Grant to prepare postage stamps, include views of many famous Chinese landmarks, among them the Ming Tombs, the Summer Palace, and the Western Hills outside of Beijing, as well as Beijing street scenes, pictures of the military, and vignettes of the Grants’ home life. Also included are slides taken by Grant on hunting trips in China, during a visit to Hawaii in 1914, and at the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair.

Of particular interest is a picture of Grant’s 1908 Studebaker, said to be the first car in Beijing. This car, draped with American flags, was used by Grant to transport the young Chinese Emperor from his palace to the Japanese Legation at the height of the 1911 revolution, which resulted in the emperor’s overthrow and the formation of the Republic of China.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Grant Stereoscopic Slides of China, 1908-1915, VC 29, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

March 18, 1986 (Accession number: 8571)

Collection Contents

Series I: Stereoscopic Slides

Note: Sepia toned slides are: #2; #29; #30; #32; #33; #37; #38; #71; #72; #74; #75; #76; #79; #93; #96; #100; #102; #110; #115; #119; #126; #127; #128; #129; #139; #145; #154; #163; #164; #165; #166; #171; #182; #183; #253; #260; #261; #262; #263; #265; #266; #273; and #277 (total: 43 slides). Green tinted slides are: #107; #244; and #245. Color slides are: #51; #206; and #237. These have been reproduced in B/W.

Subseries A: Positive Glass Images #1-280

Subseries 1.: Travel 1914 #1-18 (Only those slides with captions are listed) — Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 1 Del – Deck boy costume
Box 1, Envelope 4 Japan – garden
Box 1, Envelope 7 Bringing on coal in Japan
Box 1, Envelope 8 Washington, D.C.
Box 1, Envelope 9 Del – Deck boy costume
Box 1, Envelope 10 China – travel 1914
Box 1, Envelope 11 Chinese junk
Box 1, Envelope 12 Freighter
Box 1, Envelope 13 Lisa Stillman & Del
Box 1, Envelope 14 Del & Mother

Subseries 2.: Social #19-28 — Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 22 Ambassador Reinch
Box 1, Envelope 23 William Grant and Family
Box 1, Envelope 26 Golf in Peking 1914, Dad

Subseries 3.: Our House – Peking 1908-1928; Friends — Box 1

#29-41(See also #lN-5N, 9N-11N, lF)

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 37 Same as lN

Subseries 4.: Hawaii 1914 #42-51 — Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 51 (Color slide)

Subseries 5.: San Francisco World’s Fair 1915 #52-69 — Box 1

Subseries 6.: Bureau of Engraving, Peking — Box 1

Before completion, about 1912. #70-84 (no #80). See also 12N-16N

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 70 Same as 12N
Box 1, Envelope 74 Same as 13N
Box 1, Envelope 76 Same as 14N
Box 1, Envelope 84 Bureau of Engraving & Printing gateway, Sept. 1914. Peking, China

Subseries 7.: Country Outside our Compound at Bureau, Peking, 1914. #85-104 — Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 91 Peking, China 1914
Box 1, Envelope 92 S. West gate Chinese City, Peking, China, Sept.17, 1914
Box 1, Envelope 95 Peking, China – making paper pulp, Sept. 17, 1914
Box 1, Envelope 104 (Two corners broken off)

Subseries 8.: People – Peking 1914. #105-113 — Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 113 A woman feeding chickens [two corners broken off]

Subseries 9.: Street Scenes, Peking, 1914. #114-148 (See also 25N-35N) – Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 114 Crowd scene
Box 1, Envelope 115 Street vendor – or laundry?
Box 1, Envelope 116 Village scene
Box 1, Envelope 117 Palace?
Box 1, Envelope 118 Street scene
Box 1, Envelope 119 Another village street scene
Box 1, Envelope 120 Man at work?
Box 1, Envelope 121 Partial view of a pagoda
Box 1, Envelope 122 City wall, Peking
Box 1, Envelope 123 View of a dwelling
Box 1, Envelope 124 South-west gate Chinese City wall, Peking, Sept. 1914
Box 1, Envelope 125 Pagodas
Box 1, Envelope 126 Men eating
Box 1, Envelope 127 Street scene
Box 1, Envelope 128 At the barber’s
Box 1, Envelope 129 Children
Box 1, Envelope 130 Elderly Chinese woman walking in street
Box 1, Envelope 131 Large crowd outside the pagoda
Box 1, Envelope 132 One of the gates to the city?
Box 1, Envelope 133 Young man wrapped in coat
Box 1, Envelope 134 Another street scene
Box 1, Envelope 135 Mrs. Grant, William’s mother(?) amidst group
Box 1, Envelope 136 Grant’s Studebaker (?) and curious onlookers in front of pagoda gate
Box 1, Envelope 137 Woman pushing perambulator down commercial street
Box 1, Envelope 138 Funeral
Box 1, Envelope 139 Military parade
Box 1, Envelope 140 Mrs. Grant, William’s mother
Box 1, Envelope 141 Another street scene
Box 1, Envelope 142 Traffic
Box 1, Envelope 143 Man in hat in foreground, pagoda in background
Box 1, Envelope 144 Damming the river
Box 1, Envelope 145 The road to the palace?
Box 1, Envelope 146 Rock formation
Box 1, Envelope 147 A group of men carrying a big weight
Box 1, Envelope 148 Busy street scene

Subseries 10.: Peking Gates and Walls #149-154 — Box 1

Subseries 11.: Ching Hua University, Peking (Box 1)

Exclusively for Chinese students, run by Chinese, but with many American teachers or U. S. Educated Chinese. The founding money was returned indemnity money for the damage done to Americans in Boxer Rebellion, 1901. #155-160

Subseries 12.: Summer Palace, Peking. #161-186 (See also 17N-24N, 6F-8F) – Box 1

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 176 Summer Palace, Peking (Broken in half and mended with tape)

Subseries 13.: Reviewing Troops, Peking — Box 1 and 2

Pei Hai (North Lake) Legation Quarter, American, Dutch, French, British, Japanese, Italian, Etc. #187-201

Box 1
Box 1, Envelope 187 Reviewing troops
Box 1, Envelope 188 Reviewing troops
Box 1, Envelope 189 Reviewing troops
Box 1, Envelope 190 Reviewing troops
Box 1, Envelope 191 Reviewing troops
Box 1, Envelope 192 Pei Hai North Lake
Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 193 Pei Hai North Lake, view from distance
Box 2, Envelope 194 Pei Hai Stupa N. Lake
Box 2, Envelope 195 Legation Quarter 1914
Box 2, Envelope 196 American Legation 1914 Peking
Box 2, Envelope 197 Legation Quarter Peking 1914
Box 2, Envelope 198 Outside the legation?
Box 2, Envelope 199 Tung Chou School
Box 2, Envelope 200 Airplane in Peking 1914
Box 2, Envelope 201 Methodist Mission in Peking

Subseries 14.: 1914 Western Hills, Peking 202-205 (See also 36N-41N) — Box 2

Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 203 Peking, China

Subseries 15.: Pei Ta Ho, North Big Water, Seashore (Big Water is Pacific Ocean) #206-238 (See also #42N) — Box 2

Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 206 (Color glass slide)
Box 2, Envelope 224 Bathing Suits in 1914!
Box 2, Envelope 225 Pei Ta Ho Baker’s seashore house
Box 2, Envelope 226 Bathing Suits – Del
Box 2, Envelope 228 Seashore
Box 2, Envelope 237 2 women outside of the beach house(Color slide, one corner broken and mended with tape)

Subseries 16.: Ming Tombs — Box 2

Subseries 17.: Shausi Hunting Trip, China 1915 #249-280 (See also 38F-42F) — Box 2

Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 253 Shausi Hunting Trip, China 1915 (One corner broken)

Subseries B: Negative Glass Images #1N-42N

Subseries 1: Family, Peking. #lN-5N (See also#29-41,9N-llN, lF) — Box 2

Subseries 2: Print (No other identification) #6N-8N — Box 2

Subseries 3: Miscellaneous #9N-llN — Box 2

Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 9N Studebaker of W. A. Grant, 1st car in Peking, 1914
Box 2, Envelope 10N Mrs. W. A. Grant in the country outside of Bureau of Engraving, Pai Chih Fang
Box 2, Envelope 11N Memorial Arch – entrance of an avenue at Ming Tombs

Subseries 4: Bureau of Engraving, Peking. Before completion, about 1912. #12N-16N (See also #70-84) — Box 2

Box 2
Box 2, Envelope 12N (Same as #74)
Box 2, Envelope 13N (Same as #75)
Box 2, Envelope 14N (Same as #76)

Subseries 5: Summer Palace, Peking #17N-24N (See also #161-186, 6F-8F) – Box 2

Subseries 6: Peking Street Scenes #25N-35N (See also #114-148) — Box 2

Subseries 7: Western Hills, Peking (Western Hills Race Course) #36N-41N (See also #202-205) — Box 2

Subseries 8: Pei Ta Ho (North Big Water) Seashore #42N (See also #206-238) — Box 2

Subseries C: Negative Flexible Images #1F-42F

Subseries 1: Family, Peking #1F (See also #29-41, lN-5N, 9N-llN) — Box 2

Subseries 2: Negatives (No other identification) #2F-5F — Box 2

Subseries 3: Summer Palace Peking #6F-8F (See also #161-186, 17N-24N) – Box 2

Subseries 4: Unlabeled #9F-36F — Box 2

Subseries 5: Ming Tombs #37F (See also #239-248) — Box 2

Subseries 6: Shausi Hunting Trip, China. 1915. #38F-42F (See also #249-280) — Box 2

Series II: Photographs – b&w #1P-26P

Box 2
Envelope lP Little boys, Peking (3 x 3.5)
Envelope 2P Llama Temple, outside north wall of Peking (3 x 4)
Envelope 3P A Temple Terrace in Western Hills, Peking (4.5 x 3.5)
Envelope 4P Cart for hire, outside Tartar Cith Wall, Peking (3.25 x 4)
Envelope 5P Bridge, Summer Palace, west of Peking (3 x 4)
Envelope 6P The ever curious and friendly Chinese when a foreigner appears, Peking (3 x 4)
Envelope 7P Home from the Fair! Candied crabapples on a stick, 1912, Peking (3.5 x 5.8)
Envelope 8P Sawing wood, Peking (3 x 5.25)
Envelope 9P Sawing wood (3 x 5.5)
Envelope 10P Camel train and soldiers, Peking (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 11P Father and son (3 x 5)
Envelope 12P Ramp 15, the Tartar City Wall, Peking (5.5 x 3)
Envelope 13P Commemoration tablet, Peking (5.5 x 3)
Envelope 14P Emperor’s reviewing stand at Imperial troops parade grounds near Summer Palace,west of Peking (5.5 x 3.25)
Envelope 15P Great Wall of China (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 16P Winter scene, outside Peking City Wall (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 17P (No caption) (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 18P Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Peking, camel train from Western Hills resting (3 x 5.5)
Envelope 19P Horse shoeing, Peking (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 20P Typical street scene, Peking (3 x 5.25)
Envelope 21P Sleds for hire on the frozen moat outside city wall, Peking (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 22P Street traveling barber (3.5 x 5.5)
Envelope 23P Temple guardians, Peking (3.25 x 5.25)
Envelope 24P Temple guardians, Peking (5.5 x 3.25)
Envelope 25P Gateway into the Chinese City Wall, Peking (3.25 x 5.25)
Envelope 26P Peking cart, no springs! (3.5 x 5.5)

Series III: Postcards #1PC – 5 PC (All are 3.5″ x 5.5″) — Total: 58 postcards

Box 2
Envelope 1PC S. J. Betines & Co. Photographic studio, Peking (Contains 2)
Envelope 2PC Ausfuhrung: Graphische Gesellschaft. Berlin SW (Contains 9)
Envelope 3PC Denniston & Sullivan, Serie 2, no. 24, 31, 121 (Contains 3)
Envelope 4PC Hans Bahlke, Peking (Contains 16)
Envelope 5PC Chas. F. Gammon Photo Series. No. 4-281 (Very incomplete, one unnumbered) (Contains 28)

Series IV: Three-dimensional Objects

Box 3
Item 1 Stereoscopic Viewer, Binocular type
Item 2 Polyscope, Brass and wood, Purpose: Unknown
Item 3 Stereoscopic Viewer, Box type, Wood with brass fittings, very fine

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